18 Mar 2015 12:30pm
OMUNGWELUME, 18 MAR (NAMPA) The 38km Oshakati-Omungwelume-Ongenga gravel road will be upgraded to bitumen standard as from 17 April this year to the tune of N.dollars 229 million.
The upgrade is expected to be completed by April 2016.
Works and Transport Deputy Minister Kilus Nguvauva officially launched the upgrading of that road, with a ground-breaking ceremony held at the Omungwelume settlement of the Ongenga Constituency in the Ohangwena Region on Tuesday.
The road is currently in a worrisome state, which the local communities described it a risk to its users and a cause of damages to their vehicles.
It is registered as District Road (DR) 3609, which will serve as a link between the Oshana, Omusati and Ohangwena regions.
DR 3609 is one of the many roads that are prone to floods and it is often washed away during the rainy season, said Nguvauva when he delivered his ground-breaking address.
He explained that the road passes through the Cuvelai Delta, which is heavily flooded during the rain season, especially when there are floods in neighbouring Angola.
DR 3609 has experienced an increase of traffic flow in the past couple of years, hence the need for it to be upgraded to a bitumen standard to ensure an all-seasons safe and efficient road network in the area.
I am happy to share with you that the access roads to government facilities and institutions within the radius of 5km of the project will also be upgraded to gravel standards, Nguvauva informed his audience.
He further pointed out that construction of the DR 3609 is a capital project to be fully financed by the government and it will be constructed through a plant-based method over a period of 12 months.
According to Nguvauva, some 150 Namibians will be temporary employed on the project.
However, as per the requirements, 15 per cent of the works will be done by small and medium enterprises (SMEs), the Works and Transport Deputy Minister stated.
A Chinese company, Zhobgmei Engineering Group, is the main contractor in the project while supported by the Tulipamwe Consultants.